After the end of Day 4, the Melbourne Test is evenly poised and can go either way, depending on how both teams approach the situation. Australia finish at 261/7 with a lead of 326 runs. It’s not clear whether they will bat again on Day 5 to extend the lead to 350-360 or declare at the overnight score to take advantage of morning conditions, as they have been doing always.
In reply to Australia’s 530, India bowled out for 465 in the first innings. Harris took four wickets, while Johnson picked up three wickets. Lyon bagged two wickets. In the second innings, Australia started well, but lost the way after Warner’s dismissal. Still, they held on to reach 261/7 at stumps and extended the lead to 326.
For Australia, Warner (40), Rogers (69) and Shaun Marsh (62*) were the top contributors. Ashwin, Ishant and Umesh Yadav took two wickets each.